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WHAT'S MY COLLECTION WORTH?

Old Currency Value Guide – How Much is my Paper Money Worth?

Picture of 1899 $5 Silver Certificate Front and Back

How much is my collectible currency worth?

Old collectible paper money can be extremely valuable based on if your banknote falls within particular categories. Sometimes we get approached by someone who thinks they have something worth thousands of dollars when its only worth $1-$2. Your collectible currency can be worth anywhere from $1 to $100,000 depending on condition, rarity, market value, and serial number.

What kind of paper money do we buy?

The short answer is everything. As long as it is genuine. We do not buy fake or facsimile paper money bills simply because they have no value to us or the market.

We buy everything, including the following:

  • Silver Certificates
  • Gold Certificates
  • Treasury Notes
  • Legal Tenders
  • 1914 & 1918 Blue Seal Notes
  • National Currency
  • $500 Bills
  • $1,000 Bills
  • 1914 Red Seal Notes
  • Demand Notes
  • Brown Seal Hawaii Notes
  • North Africa Notes
  • Fractional Currency
  • 1918 FRBNs
  • World Notes
  • Postal Notes
  • Confederate Currency
  • Military Payment Certificates

Key

  • Series: This is the date on the bill, but not necessarily when the note was printed
  • Seal: Different types of currency had different seal colors and types
  • Average Condition: This means the bill is in anywhere from low to high condition
  • Unc: Stands for Uncirculated, meaning no folds, no imperfections, perfect
  • Unc Star: Stands for Uncirculated Star notes, which are even more scarce than regular issued Uncirculated notes
  • Rare: This means your bill is incredibly rare, contact us for pricing

$1 BILLS

Starting in 1928, The United States changed its paper money from Large Size down to Small Size (what we know today) bills. These notes are often seen in average, circulated conditions. High, uncirculated, grade examples will always be worth more money. Keep in mind fancy, or rare, serial numbers will also hold a premium. If your note has a star in the serial number it may also be worth more money.

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1928Red$10 – $60$225$4,500
1928,A,BBlue$2 – $8$30$325
1928CBlue$20 – $125$2 – $8$6,000
1928DBlue$10 – $75$300$2,250
1928EBlue$100 – $400$1,500$15,000
1934Blue$6 – $12$75$700
1935,A,B,CBlue$2 – $5$15+$200
1935A (Hawaii)Brown$10 – $25$50+$1,500+
1935A (North Africa)Yellow$10 – $25$150$1,600+
1935D,E,F,G,HBlue$2 – $3$5$20
1957,A,BBlue$1 – $2$4$10
1963,A,BGreen$1$2$4
1969,A,B,C,DGreen$1$2$4
1974Green$1$3$4
1977,AGreen$1$2$3
1981Green$1$2$3
1981AGreen$1$2$3
1988Green$1$2$5
1988AGreen$1$2$3
1993Green$1$2$3
1995Green$1$2$3
1999Green$1$1.5$3

$2 BILLS

Many people assume all $2 bills are rare and worth money, this isn’t always the case. In fact, you can go to your local bank right now and obtain some for $2 each. Red seal legal tender $2 bills can be worth a bit of money, however, most are worth just two dollars. 2003 and 2003A $2 bills are available in uncirculated condition from any large bank. Two dollar bills that have a serial number lower than 100 can be worth a premium.

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1928Red$5 – $20$75$750
1928ARed$10 – $40$275$6,500
1928BRed$30 – $100$850$15,000
1928CRed$5 – $20$150$1,000+
1928DRed$5 – $20$50$300
1928ERed$5 – $20$75$7,500
1928F,GRed$2 – $10$35$250
1953,A,B,CRed$2 – $3$10$25
1963,ARed$2 – $8$5$20
1976Green$2$5$8
1995Green$2$5$8
2003Green$2$3$5
2003AGreen$2$3$5

$5 BILLS

If you have a $5 bill dated 1934 and later you can expect the bill to be worth about five dollars. Unless it has a low or fancy serial number. Anything prior to 1934 has a chance at being valuable, especially the better condition examples. If you have any large size silver certificate $5 bills, we’re interested in buying those as well. 

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1928Red$8 – $15$75$200
1928ARed$10 – $15$125$2,000
1928BRed$10 – $15$40$350
1928CRed$10 – $15$50$300
1928DRed$10 – $15$350$1,750
1928ERed$10 – $15$50$375
1928FRed$10 – $15$35$250
1929Brown$10 – $350$150 – $4,500$14,000+
1953,A,B,CRed$5 – $10$20 – $50$75 – $100
1963Red$5 – $10$20$30
1934,ABlue$8 – $12$25 – $35$200 – $350+
1934,A (Hawaii)Brown$30 – $50$250+$2,000 – $6,000
1934A (N. Africa)Yellow$10 – $25$250+$500
1934B,CBlue$10 – $12$40 – $50$150 – $250
1934DBlue$8 – $10$25$75
1953,ABlue$5 – $10$20$30 – $40
1953BBlue$5 – $10$25$3,000+
1928,AGreen$10 – $40$100 – $150$750 – $1,000
1928CGreen$200 – $750$2,000+Rare
1928DGreen$250 – $800$2,500+Rare
1934,A,BGreen$5 – $12$30 – $50$125 – $225
1934C,DGreen$5 – $12$30 – $50$125 – $225
1950Green$25$50 – $60$125 – $500
1950A,B,CGreen$5 – $10$15 – $25$40 – $125
1963,AGreen$5 – $8$12 – $20$30 – $40
1969,A,B,CGreen$5 – $12$12 – $20$30 – $85
1974Green$5$12$20
1977,AGreen$5$10$12 – $25
1981,AGreen$5$10$35 – $50
1985Green$5$10$30
1988,AGreen$5$8$12
1993Green$5$12$25
1995Green$5$6$10
1999Green$5$5$6

Please remember, just because the value on this chart says a certain number doesn’t mean it can’t be worth more money. If you have a serial number 1 through 9 on a modern $5 bill, we would be willing to pay hundreds of dollars for that example.

$10 BILLS

Ten dollar bills printed by The United States come with many different seal colors. A lot of these small size $10 bills can be worth a good amount of money in the market. Consider us serious buyers for all types and denominations of paper money bills.

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1929Brown$20 – $100$150$2,500+
1933Blue$1,000 – $4,000$10,000 – $20,000Rare
1934Blue$10 – $15$75$1,250+
1934Yellow$150 – $2,500+$12,000+Rare
1934ABlue$12 – $30$200$1,000+
1934A (N. Africa)Yellow$20 – $30$250$1,200+
1934A (Hawaii)Brown$30 – $40$300+$3,000+
1934BBlue$20 – $30$2,500$9,000
1934C,DBlue$10 – $30$100$1,200
1953Blue$10 – $35$200$250
1953ABlue$10 – $35$250$300
1953BBlue$10 – $40$125Rare
1928Gold$40 – $75$400$800+
1928Green$10 – $50$125+$900+
1928AGreen$40 – $90$225$500+
1928BGreen$10 – $40$125$350
1928CGreen$20 – $200$300 – $4,000$5,000 – $9,000
1934,A,B,C,DGreen$10 – $20$40 – $80$350 – $500
1950,A,B,C,D,EGreen$10 – $20$35 – $80$125 – $250
1963,AGreen$10 – $12$15$40 – $45
1969,A,B,CGreen$10$15$30 – $40
1974Green$10$12$20
1977Green$10$12$20
1981,AGreen$10$15$50
1985Green$10$12$15
1988AGreen$10$10$15
1990Green$10$10$15
1993Green$10$10$12
1995Green$10$15$18
1999Green$10$10$11
2001Green$10$10$11
2003Green$10$10$11
2004AGreen$10$10$11
2006Green$10$10$11
2009Green$10$10$11
2013Green$10$10$11
2017AGreen$10$10$11

$20 BILLS

$20 dollar bills are some of my personal favorite to collect. The higher denomination banknotes printed by the U.S. BEP are oftentimes worth more money, but that’s not always the case. The better condition of $20 bills will bring more money. If you’re wondering how much your old, or new, $20 bill is worth, see the full table below. 

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1929Brown$20 – $100$150+$300
1928Gold$40 – $100$300+$800+
1928,AGreen$40 – $75$150 – $175$900+
1928BGreen$20 – $60$100 – $150$550+
1928CGreen$75 – $250$1,500$2,500+
1934Green$30 – $40$100$225
1934 (Hawaii)Brown$75 – $125$1,250$3,000+
1950,A,B,C,D,EGreen$20$45$250+
1963,AGreen$20 – $25$40$50
1969,A,B,CGreen$20 – $25$35$50
1974Green$20 – $25$35$40
1977Green$20 – $25$35$40
1981,AGreen$20 – $25$30$35
1985Green$20$30$40
1988Green$20$25$30
1990Green$20$25$30
1993Green$20$25$30
1995Green$20$25$30
1999Green$20$20$21
2001Green$20$20$21
2004Green$20$20$21
2004AGreen$20$20$21
2006Green$20$20$21
2009Green$20$20$21
2013Green$20$20$21
2017Green$20$20$21
2017AGreen$20$20$21

$50 BILLS

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1929Brown$75 – $100$200+$400
1928Gold$100 – $250$300+$1,500+
1928Green$75 – $150$500 – $600$1,000+
1934,A,B,C,DGreen$50 – $75$225$550+
1950,A,B,C,DGreen$50 – $80$150$450
1950EGreen$75 – $125$250$300
1963AGreen$50 – $60$200N/A
1969,A,B,CGreen$50$125N/A
1974Green$50$105N/A
1977Green$50$105N/A
1981,AGreen$50$105N/A
1985Green$50$55N/A
1988Green$50$55N/A
1990Green$50$55N/A
1993Green$50$55N/A
1995Green$50$52N/A
1996Green$50$50$55
2001Green$50$50$55
2004Green$50$50$51
2004AGreen$50$50$51
2006Green$50$50$51
2009Green$50$50$51
2013Green$50$50$51

$100 BILLS

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1966Red$110 – $155$350$1,500
1966ARed$125 – $200$500+N/A
1929Brown$75 – $150$105 – $200+N/A
1928Gold$200 – $850$3,000+$5,000+
1928Green$100 – $250$300+$500+
1928AGreen$100 – $150$250$300+
1934,A,B,C,DGreen$100 – $125$250$300+
1950DGreen$100 – $125$150$1,000
1950EGreen$100$200$1,100
1963AGreen$100 – $120$130$275
1969,AGreen$100$130$300
1969CGreen$100$110$150
1974Green$100$120$140
1977Green$100$115$140
1981,AGreen$100$125$140
1985Green$100$100$140
1988Green$100$100$140
1990Green$100$100$125
1993Green$100$100$125
1996Green$100$100$125
1999Green$100$100$125
2001Green$100$100$110
2003Green$100$100$110
2003AGreen$100$100$110
2006Green$100$100$110
2006AGreen$100$100$105
2009Green$100$100$105
2009AGreen$100$100$105
2013Green$100$100$105
2017AGreen$100$100$105

$500 BILLS

We are considered the most aggressive buyers of high denomination $500 dollar bills in the United States. We’ve been doing this for over 30 years, see our reference website where we sell these large denomination $500 bills here. Contact us today if you’re looking to buy or sell old $500 bills. 

If you want to learn more about these old $500 bills, we also wrote an in-depth guide on Old Money Prices that you can view here.  

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1928Gold$3,500$15,000N/A
1928Green$550 – $800$1,300$2,000
1934Green$550 – $700$1,000$1,500
1934AGreen$550 – $700$1,000$1,500

$1,000 BILLS

We’re also serious buyers when it comes to old $1,000 bills. We will pay more than anyone, I guarantee you that. We’ve made the shipping process to us very easy. I assure you that you’ll be happy with the amount we offer you for your $1,000 bill. Check out our $1,000 dollar bill guide here

SeriesSealAverage ConditionUncUnc Star
1928Gold$3,500$15,000N/A
1928Green$550 – $800$1,300$2,000
1934Green$550 – $700$1,000$1,500
1934AGreen$550 – $700$1,000$1,500

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